Lack of facilities forces BFF to change hotel

Sports Correspondent

15 March, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Bangladesh Football Federation shifted the national players from Hotel Asia to Hotel InterContinental Dhaka on Sunday a day before starting the camp.

The incident slightly unfolded BFF’s unprofessionalism in the treatment of the national team as they were fully unaware of the hotel before sending the team there.

A BFF official told The Daily Sun that the team were shifted because there was a lack of facilities in the Hotel Asia.

“There was lack of facilities in Hotel Asia, no swimming pool was there. We found better facilities in Hotel InterContinental Dhaka, so we shifted them,” he said.

“We observed the Hotel Asian before sending the team, but now we have felt that we can get better facilities from Hotel InterContinental Dhaka. So we've shifted the entire team there today (Sunday),” he added.  

National head coach Jamie Day was also unhappy with the arrangements of Hotel Asia.

“Whilst Hotel Asia was a fine hotel, I had previously stated that International players should be staying in the better hotels,” Jamie told the reporters.

However, the team will start their first practice session at Bangabandhu National Stadium today at 10:00am to 11:30am.

“Training will start tomorrow (Monday) for three days. The focus is just giving the new players so international match time. The focus will know what is expected in and out of possession,” Jamie further said.

Bangladesh national team footballers, who will tour Nepal to play the Tri-nation Tournament involving Kyrgyzstan U-23 team and the hosts this month, were expected to start the camp with gym and swimming sessions on Sunday.

A total of 27 out of 31 booters reported to the head coach Jamie Day on Saturday.-- joined the squad on Saturday while three members -- two goalkeepers Anisur Rahman Zico, Ashraful Islam Rana and midfielder Md Abdullah -- joined the team on Sunday.

Captain Jamal Bhuiyan, who is currently playing for Kolkata Mohammedan in India, will join on March 19 or 20.    

The tournament is scheduled to be held from 23-29 at Dashrath Stadium while Bangladesh will fly for Kathmandu on March 18.